Synopsis by Sarah Ing
Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark profiles the judicial fallout from the Watergate scandal in Supreme Court Decisions That Changed the Nation: U.S. vs. Nixon. After getting caught spying on the Democratic Party in 1973, President Nixon and his staff sought the protection of the courts. The government sued after his refusal to hand over tapes and documents that were to be used in his prosecution. In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the President was not above the law and, in the case of criminal conduct, executive privilege did not apply.